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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:57:26

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    The holidays are often a time for reflection. The passing of time as represented on a cyclical calendar, consisting of arbitrary dates that humanity associates with various meanings, conjures all kinds of celebrations, memories, expectations, and excuses to celebrate, commemorate, or get drunk.

    This Holiday, when compiling the ARTISTdirect Christmas Playlist, we turned our minds to our own place in time. ARTISTdirect has now been in the game for 22 years. 22 Years in an industry that has seen change, evolution, revolution and revelation. Through all this time there has been one consistent thing that remains in our focus — music, and the artists behind the music. It was natural that we started to think of the souls that soundtracked each of our previous celebrations, and so compiled a chronological playlist sharing each of the Christmas Number One Songs from Billboard, every year since we first launched in 1994.

    So without further ado — here is the ARTISTdirect 2016 Christmas Playlist, an exploration of memorable songs from artists who have defined over two decades of Christmas on the radio.

    2016 Rae Sremmurd — "Black Beatles"

    2015 Adele — "Hello"

    2014 Taylor Swift — "Blank Space"

    2013 Eminem — "The Monster" [ft. Rihanna]

    2012 Bruno Mars — "Locked Out of Heaven"

    2011 Rihanna — "We Found Love" [ft. Calvin Harris]

    2010 Katy Perry — "Firework"

    2009 Jay Z — "Empire State Of Mind" [ft. Alicia Keys]

    2008 T.I. — "Live Your Life" [ft. Rihanna]

    2007 Alicia Keys — "No One"

    2006 Beyonce — "Irreplaceable"

    2005 Chris Brown — "Run It!" [ft. Juelz Santana]

    2004 Snoop Dogg — "Drop It Like It's Hot" [ft. Pharrell]

    2003 Outkast — "Hey Ya!"

    2002 Eminem — "Lose Yourself"

    2001 Nickelback — "How You Remind Me"

    2000 Destiny's Child — "Independent Women Part 1"

    1999 Santana, Rob Thomas — "Smooth"

    1998 R. Kelly & Celine Dion — "I'm Your Angel"

    1997 Sugar Ray — "Fly"

    1996 Toni Braxton — "Un—Break My Heart"

    1995 Mariah Carey — "One Sweet Day" [ft. Boyz II Men]

    1994 Ini Kamoze — "Here Comes The Hotstepper"

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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